Features to consider while choosing a pillow for back sleep
When it comes to choosing the right pillow for a back sleeper, it’s all about support and comfort. Here are the main things to keep in mind.
There are a few different materials to consider. We’ll start with memory foam since that’s the one that most people are already familiar with. Memory foam pillows, like the Bluewave Bedding Pillow, are usually pretty firm. Your head and neck slowly sink into them when you lay down, allowing the material to conform to the contours of your body. This is a great way to get personalized support, but there are a few other options, too.
The Coop Home Goods Premium Pillow uses viscoelastic polyurethane and polyester fill. Viscoelastic polyurethane is the fancy term for memory foam. In this case, it’s shredded into small pieces and mixed with polyfill that you’d find in regular pillows. These two materials work together to maintain shape and provide support that’s firm but a little softer than pure memory foam.
Another material you’ll see is polyether which is kind of like polyester, but it has a higher rebound and doesn’t hold on to as much heat, two qualities of a good pillow. It’s a different form of memory foam used in some pillow, like the Coisum Back Sleeper Cervical Pillow, to provide dense support.
If you’re looking for the best firm pillow for back sleepers, you’re in the right place.
Back sleepers need medium-firm to firm pillows, so their heads and necks don’t sink into the bed overnight. This is precisely why neck and back pain can occur.
Covers are made from a variety of materials, but there are two main things to keep in mind when choosing which one is the best. First, you have to be able to remove the cover to wash it. Pillows can get really dirty from the oil and grease from your hair and skin building up over time, so ability to wash the cover easily is important. All of the products we chose have removable covers.
The other thing to consider is comfort or, more specifically, how well the cover breaths. Memory foam, in particular, is known for holding onto heat, so you need to use the right cover. Some pillows have more lush covers, like the velour cover on the YourFacePillow Back & Side Sleeping Pillow. Others, like the Mkicesky Sleeping Pillow, use a simple poly/rayon blend.
Shape and Dimensions
Surprisingly, there are a few options when it comes to pillow shape. Some of our picks look like standard pillows, like the Xtreme Comforts Memory Foam Bed Pillow. With this shape, you get a little more freedom to adjust the pillow to your liking. You can fold and position them until you find the sweet spot.
The benefit to pillows with a standard shape is that, generally, they can be used by any type of sleeper. They may be too firm for a belly sleeping, but if you’re a combination sleeper who moves from your back to your side throughout the night, you should be able to get comfortable with the same pillow.
That said, there are others, like the Wonwo Memory Foam Pillow, are designed with more structure. There are usually curves to accommodate your neck and head to make sure everything is aligned correctly. This shape is a good choice if you need a lot more support in your sleep. You can’t change the shape at all except to fluff the filling when it’s time.
Structured pillows aren’t very comfortable if you use them to sleep on your side. They’re made to accommodate the head and neck at a certain angle, and it’s not always possible to get comfy in any other positions though, to be fair, that is not always the case.
Prices for these pillows vary a little, from about $35 to $70. Honestly, how much a pillow costs does not seem to have much effect on how well it’s rated. Pillow preference is such a personal choice. When you find one that works, you stick with it, whether it’s the budget pick or one at the higher end of the price range.